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Placebo Magick Podcast

Placebo Magick Podcast

By Durmak, Wizard of Habdur
The Placebo Magick Podcast explores theatrical spiritual practice for skeptical atheists: why and how to cast spells, brew potions, commune with spirits, and hack the human brain all while understanding that magick isn't real. Magick is a metaphor, and metaphor is magickal!

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50th Episode Special (S2E30)
Celebrating the 50th episode of the Placebo Magick Podcast with some reflection on making the show, some listener voicemails, and a rapid-fire series of mini-topics. Call 1-989-318-4118 to leave a voice memo! Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
57:10
August 01, 2022
Technical Difficulties with Voice Memos
Due to widespread technical difficulties with Anchor's built-in voice message system, we are switching to a Google Voice mailbox. Call 1-989-318-4118 to send us a voice memo! Record it by the end of the day on Saturday, July 30th if you want it included in the 50th episode.
02:58
July 25, 2022
Selflessness vs. Skillfulness (S2E29)
Contrasting two different perspectives on being good. Call 1-989-318-4118 to leave a voice memo! Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
27:44
June 30, 2022
Identity (S2E28)
Finding a healthy balance in your sense of identity. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
27:03
June 01, 2022
Deep Frugality (S2E27)
Saving money through spiritual practice. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
34:21
April 30, 2022
Gardening: Magickal Arts (S2E26)
Gardening as a spiritual and magickal practice. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
28:39
April 01, 2022
Creative Flow featuring Sedna Woo (S2E25)
Atheist witch YouTuber Sedna Woo joins us to discuss using magick for creative inspiration and flow! Sedna Woo on YouTube Sedna Woo's Etsy shop Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:11:46
February 23, 2022
The Philosopher, the Doggo, and the Lizard (S2E24)
Breaking down the self into three archetypes: the Philosopher, the Doggo, and the Lizard. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
25:23
February 01, 2022
Aliefs and Beliefs (S2E23)
Introducing the concept of aliefs, contrasted with beliefs. Referenced: Explanatory video from Yale psychologist Laurie Santos "Alief and Belief" (philosophy paper) by Tamar Szabó Gendler Alief article on Wikipedia Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
20:03
January 01, 2022
Self-Forgiveness: Secret Spells & Riddlesome Rituals (S2E22.2)
Forgiving yourself for messing up on your goals and values. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: The North by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4499-the-northLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
14:13
November 30, 2021
The Future of Religion and Magick (S2E22)
Musing about how religion and magick might change in the decades to come. Referenced: Daniel DeSteno on the Ten Percent Happier podcast How God Works: The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion, book by Daniel DeSteno How God Works podcast Life of Pi by Yann Martel Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
29:16
November 19, 2021
Summoning the Dead: Secret Spells & Riddlesome Rituals (S2E21.2)
Tips for using magick to summon the spirits of the dead! (Or the not-quite-dead...) Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: The North by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4499-the-north License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
28:04
October 28, 2021
Social Media and Smartphone Addiction (S2E21)
Magick and brain hacks for reducing screen time and its negative impacts! Resources: Politics Is For Power by Eitan Hersh Also hear Eitan Hersh on the "Passion Isn't Enough" episode of Hidden Brain Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport Placebo Magick Podcast discussion of Digital Minimalism Deep Questions with Cal Newport (podcast) Hamlet's BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William Powers The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Placebo Magick Podcast discussion of The Power of Habit Atomic Habits by James Clear "How to Kick Bad Habits and Start Good Ones" on the Happiness Lab podcast (featuring the story of Vietnam vets quitting heroin) "Dial D for Distracted" on the Happiness Lab podcast (about smartphones and the limits of human attention) Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:41:17
October 26, 2021
Resource Roundup 2021 (S2E20)
I share a number of different book, podcast, and video recommendations for placebo mages. Books Religion for Atheists: A Non-believers Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton Atheopaganism by Mark Green Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Paganism edited by John Halstead DIY Magic: A Strange & Whimsical Guide to Creativity by Anthony Alvarado Postmodern Magic: The Art of Magic in the Information Age by Patrick Dunn The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane by Matthew Hutson Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain by Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris and Jeff Warren Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi Videos Sedna Woo The Skeptical Witch Podcasts THE WONDER: Science-Based Paganism Re-Enchantment Open Div Summit See also: OpenDiv organization Hidden Brain: "Secret Friends" "What are the Odds?" "Creating God" "Useful Delusions" Radiolab Invisibilia: "How to Become Batman" "The Secret Emotional Life of Clothes" "Outside In" The Happiness Lab: "The Power of a Made-Up Ritual" "Boldly Go like Yuri Gagarin" "Wisdom of the Ancients" series (particularly the episodes on Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius) Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
49:48
September 30, 2021
Magick and Meaning in the City, with Winter (S2E19)
Special guest Winter joins me to discuss magick and meaning-making in a city environment. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadiaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:18
August 27, 2021
Minimalist Magick (S2E18)
Magick on a budget, magick in small living spaces, and low-maintenance magick. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
27:43
July 31, 2021
How My Practice Has Changed (S2E17)
In this informal episode I share how my practice has changed over time. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
38:50
June 30, 2021
Astrology 101 featuring Tristan (S2E16)
Special guest Tristan walks me through a basic introduction to astrology. See Durmak's birth chart here. You can get a professional reading from Tristan via his Etsy shop! Also check out Tristan's Instagram page. Mentioned in this episode: Astro.com Barnum effect Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:19:46
May 31, 2021
Jesus the Wizard (S2E15)
Examining Jesus' teaching and healing through a placebo magick lens. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The North by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4499-the-north/ License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
46:07
April 27, 2021
Keeping Up with the Dumbledores (S2E14)
The pressure we put on ourselves as mages to measure up to imaginary standards. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The North by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4499-the-north/ License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
16:52
March 31, 2021
Magick for Problem People (S2E13)
Using defensive and offensive spells to deal with problem people like your ex, your boss, or your parents. Resources for abuse: Articles on identifying abuse from HealthyPlace Resources by state for violence against women Resources from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
24:11
February 28, 2021
Star Wars: Pop Culture Paganism (S2E12)
Star Wars as a spiritual tool, a universal myth, and a contemporary religion. In Magick Mailbag: Patreon supporter Hamsa shares a ritual for  honoring the complexity of new hobbies. Mentioned in this episode: The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith by Charles Soule Bloodline by Claudia Gray Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed Ring Theory: The Hidden Artistry of the Star Wars Prequels by Mike Klimo The Soundtrack Show Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth ForceCenter podcast Full of Sith podcast Skytalkers podcast Coffee With Kenobi podcast Star Wars Explained Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The Snow Queen by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4511-the-snow-queen/ Licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
27:26
January 26, 2021
Magick for Procrastination (S2E11)
Using placebo magick to lift the curse of procrastination. In Secret  Spells & Riddlesome Rituals: Forgiving someone using a paper doll. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The North by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4499-the-north/ License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:23
September 29, 2020
Mood Alchemy (S2E10)
How to transmute bad moods into good moods using the Philosopher's Stone of mindfulness. In Magick Mailbag: E-mails from Kyle Fisher about his rituals to quit smoking. Check out a photo of Kyle's ritual space here. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The Snow Queen by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4511-the-snow-queen/ Licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
23:24
September 14, 2020
Religion for Atheists: Wizardly Tomes (S2E9)
Today we discuss the wizardly tome Religion for Atheists: A Non-believers Guide to the Uses of Religion by philosopher Alain de Botton. In Secret Spells & Riddlesome Rituals: How to make magick potions using herbs! Mentioned in this episode: The School of Life Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The North by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4499-the-north/ License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
23:15
August 31, 2020
Introduction to Mindfulness: Podcast Extra (S2E8.1)
Enjoy this little "DVD extra"—an introduction to mindfulness, including a brief guided meditation at the end. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord!
16:16
August 18, 2020
Tabletop Role-Playing: Magickal Arts (S2E8)
Today we discuss how tabletop role-playing games help you level up as a placebo mage! In Bewitching Bestiary, we find poetic meaning and  magickal correspondences for chicory, a common roadside wildflower. Mentioned in this episode: Dungeons & Dragons Free Basic Edition Dungeon World Chicory Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Mystery Sting by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4109-mystery-sting License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
24:14
August 10, 2020
Wizards Against Racism (S2E7)
How to fight injustice wielding the power of placebo magick! In the Bardic Verse segment, I share my poem Three Deep Breaths. Mentioned in this episode: Hadrian's Garden blog by Patreon supporter Josh Betts Two layers of belief Atheopaganism group on Facebook Skeptarot group Facebook r/seculartarot on Reddit r/SASSWitches on Reddit Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Midnight Tale" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
27:15
July 01, 2020
Atheopaganism, with Mark Green (S2E6)
Atheopaganism founder Mark Green joins us today to discuss Atheopaganism, an Earth-honoring path rooted in science! Mentioned in this episode: Atheopaganism website/blog Atheopaganism Facebook group Atheopaganism: An Earth-honoring path rooted in science by Mark Green Patreon campaign supporting Mark Green's work in Atheopaganism Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The Snow Queen" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
01:16:21
February 15, 2020
Pokémon: Pop Culture Paganism (S2E5)
We discuss Pokémon training as a metaphor for leveling up and evolving our inner demons into trusted and powerful friends! In Secret Spells & Riddlesome Rituals, we describe making your own Pokédex of local plants and animals. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The Snow Queen" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
28:27
January 30, 2020
Digital Minimalism: Wizardly Tomes (S2E4)
In this episode, April Benson-Scearce joins us to discuss the book Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport, and the broader topic of digital minimalism. Also mentioned in this episode: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin Links from the e-mail read in the Magick Mailbag segment: Sedna Woo on YouTube Obscure Clouds blog r/seculartarot on Reddit r/SASSWitches on Reddit Root Lock Radio podcast Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The Snow Queen" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
01:16:56
January 21, 2020
Interpreting Pop Culture Scriptures: Patreon Bonus Show Sneak Peek (S2E3.1)
Enjoy this sneak peek at our new Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Click here to become a Bonus Show subscriber! In this bonus episode we discuss the benefits of approaching media as devoted supplicants rather than as critics.
19:55
January 20, 2020
Pop Culture Paganism (S2E3)
We discuss the practice of pop culture paganism—that is, paganism using pop culture characters, stories, and imagery. In the Bardic Verse  segment, I read my poem called Batman. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Midnight Tale" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
19:21
December 05, 2019
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Wizardly Tomes (S2E2)
Farmer/Poet Laureate of Napa County/big brother Jeremy Benson joins us to discuss the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette, featuring a Jungian psychology approach to toxic masculinity. Check out some of Jeremy's writing at https://jerbenson.blogspot.com. Referenced in this episode: Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly Fred Rogers testifies before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications in 1969 Alice Miller The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine by Robert Bly and Marion Woodman Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3377-arcadia License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
02:00:58
November 12, 2019
My Journey Into Wizardry (S2E1)
In this season 2 premiere, I share my story of how I started practicing placebo magick! In the Bardic Verse segment, I read my poem called Reunion. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Midnight Tale" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
19:21
November 04, 2019
Magickal Linguisticks (S1E20)
Why do we talk funny during rituals? Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast we explore the often arcane linguistics of religion and spellcasting. The Spell of the Week is programming yourself like a robot. Referenced in this episode: linguistic register Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
15:34
May 12, 2019
The Enneagram, Part III (S1E19)
We conclude our discussion of the Enneagram personality type system and do a deeper dive into the Instinctive Center types (Eight, Nine, and  One). The Spell of the Week is invocation to call on the strength of one of the Enneagram types. Referenced in this episode: Placebo Mage's Guild Hall Discord Chat The Enneagram The Wisdom of the Enneagram (book) Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
27:49
April 28, 2019
The Enneagram, Part II (S1E18)
We continue our discussion of the Enneagram personality type system and do a deeper dive into the Thinking Center types (Five, Six, and  Seven). The Spell of the Week is enchanting an amulet to help you quiet your thoughts. Referenced in this episode: The Enneagram Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
22:18
April 14, 2019
The Enneagram, Part I (S1E17)
We introduce the Enneagram personality type system and do a slightly deeper dive into the Feeling Center types (Two, Three, and Four). The Spell of the Week is a ritual to summon a circle of nine sages. Referenced in this episode: The Enneagram Institute Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
28:24
April 05, 2019
Tarot 101 (S1E16)
We give a broad beginner's introduction to tarot cards and how they can still be helpful without any supernatural factor. The Spell of the Week is a simple tarot spread representing different layers of your psychology. See my tarot spread from the episode here. Referenced in this episode: Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck (this Wikipedia page includes an image of each card) Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
33:15
March 21, 2019
The Hero's Journey (S1E15)
We give a bird's eye view of the archetypal Hero's Journey (as described by Joseph Campbell) and its usefulness in spiritual practice. The Spell of the Week is a simple divination method based on the Hero's Journey. Referenced in this episode: The Hero's Journey The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell Dan Harmon's Story Circle d8 die table for divination using Dan Harmon's Story Circle: A character is in a zone of comfort, But they want something. They enter an unfamiliar situation, Adapt to it, Get what they wanted, Pay a heavy price for it, Then return to their familiar situation, Having changed. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
37:27
March 15, 2019
The Afterlife (S1E14)
We discuss some ways in which imagining a (fictional) afterlife can prove helpful, and we propose a new definition of "soul" or "spirit" entirely compatible with a skeptical, scientific worldview. The Spell of the Week is a ritual to summon the presence of a deceased loved one into an object. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
22:05
March 06, 2019
Synchronicity (S1E13)
We discuss synchronicity (meaningful coincidences) and how to use "magick" to engineer apparent coincidences while still remaining grounded in reality. The Spell of the Week is a simple luck potion. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
12:38
February 26, 2019
Yourself: Into the You-Verse (S1E12)
How to open magickal connections to alternate universes and alternate selves to help you loosen up your constricting beliefs about yourself  and make decisions with more confidence. The Spell of the Week is a daily morning ritual to link minds with a parallel universe self. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
16:35
February 19, 2019
Two Layers of Belief (S1E11)
We explore the difference between rhetorical beliefs and subconscious beliefs, how unseen subconscious beliefs can cause implicit racial bias and other problems, and how spiritual practices can improve communication between these two parts of the mind so that our rhetorical beliefs keep moving toward truthfulness and our subconscious beliefs keep moving toward helpfulness. The Spell of the Week is a ritual to enhance your creativity. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
14:37
February 13, 2019
Border Security (S1E10)
We discuss why Trump's border wall might seem worthwhile to many despite all the data and logic to the contrary—because in this civilization we often leave our personal emotional boundaries utterly undefended, especially against the malicious foreign influences of cable news and social media. Along the way we discuss the Pokémon-like interactions between reason, magick, and mysticism. The Spell of the Week is a cantrip to protect your boundaries when activating a black mirror (that is, a phone or a TV). Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
18:15
February 05, 2019
The Power of Habit: Wizardly Tomes (S1E9)
Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast we discuss a Wizardly Tome (i.e. a book): The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. The Spell of the Week is a cantrip to help you resist tempting foods. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
15:10
January 21, 2019
A Wizard's Tools (S1E8)
Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast I describe the various tools I use in my day-to-day magickal practice. The Spell of the Week is a ritual to find more joy in your life. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
29:55
January 14, 2019
Sources of Power (S1E7)
What makes certain objects, locations, people, gestures,  words or phrases, etc. more "magickally" powerful than others? The Spell  of the Week is a spell to enchant a pen for magickal use. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
17:18
January 07, 2019
Sustenance and Change (S1E6)
We explore two different kinds of rituals: rituals for change, and rituals for sustenance. The Spell of the Week is Bibliomancy: opening a book to a random passage to gain insight into a question. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
15:23
December 29, 2018
Soul Puppetry (S1E5)
In this episode of the Placebo Magick Podcast we discuss how our brains bring many more characters to life besides our "selves": imaginary friends, gods, demons, angels, ghosts, past lives, Daniel Tiger, Conky—soul puppets, one and all! The Spell of the Week is a spell to breathe a soul into a figurine. Referenced in this episode: Conky (warning: linked video contains strong language) Won't You Be My Neighbor? Statler and Waldorf Jabba the Hutt puppet Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
21:30
December 15, 2018
Protection and Purification (S1E4)
Since magick is just the placebo effect, why might it be helpful to call on protective and purifying powers "outside" our selves?  Or, in terms of the Hero's Journey, why must the hero meet the Goddess before atoning with the Father? The Spell of the Week is a spell to see a strange doppelganger. Referenced in this episode: Casting a Circle The Hero's Journey The Brainstem Bloody Mary Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
18:49
December 07, 2018
Magick Items (S1E3)
Understanding and improving your sentimental, i.e. magickal, relationships with stuff! The Spell of the Week is a ritual to reclaim sovereignty over your smartphone. Referenced in this episode: Theoden, Wormtongue, Saruman, and Gandalf in The Two Towers Sigils in Chaos Magick Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
32:39
November 30, 2018
Suspending Disbelief (S2E2)
Why, when, and how to suspend disbelief! The Spell of the Week is using self-hypnosis to set intentions for the following day. Referenced in this episode: The Hero's Journey Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
21:20
November 23, 2018
Introduction to Placebo Magick (S1E1)
I introduce the concept of placebo magick and share a bit about my own  evolving practice. The Spell of the Week is a charm to help you cherish  and remember a special time with a loved one. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "The North" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) "Arcadia" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
42:31
November 15, 2018